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Submission + - Pirate Party Germany at 2% on German Federal Elect (

krischik writes: "The German Pirate Party received 2% of the votes on last Sundays federal elections in Germany. While this is not enough the pass the 5% / 3 direct seats minimum requirement to enter parliament it is still more then the 1.5% Green Party received on there first run in 1980. At it's time the Green Party needed three runs to enter parliament. The Pirate Party is now the strongest of the minor parties.

For those who wonder: Seats in the German Parliament are half assigned by direct votes and half assigned by proportional representation. To qualify any seats from the proportional pool you need 3 seats from direct candidates or 5% of proportional votes."


Submission + - Dissatisfied Sony Ericsson customers speak out (

Martin Krischik writes: "Fed up with buggy firmware, poor customer support and virtually no communication whatsoever from the company who sold them a less than satisfactory flagship product a year ago, UIQ 3 smartphone users have submitted an Open Letter to the new CEO of Sony Ericsson.

As he has expressed an interest in customer relations, this letter is an attempt by the SE smartphone user base to reach out to an interested and receptive audience at the company's UK Headquarters. Raising concerns about the company's perceived lack of interest both in fully supporting this line of devices, and in communicating with its users, the letter may well be the last attempt this sorely-tried user base (whose numbers have shrunk considerably since the poorly-planned launch of the P990i) makes to draw Sony Ericssons attention to these issues, before other manufacturer's offerings draw them away.

Having saddled a huge swathe of their smartphone user base with a 'flagship device' for which no more firmware support is forthcoming, Sony Ericsson then released the P1i, with specs making up in part for the shortcomings of the P990i. However the company made no conciliatory gesture whatever to the irate customers who had spent a small fortune on the P990i, and were presumably expected to obligingly cough up again for the pleasure of owning a device that might actually perform as advertised.

If you've been a part of the UIQ 3 debacle this past year, read on....

Open Letter to Sony Ericsson CEO Mr H. Komiyama"

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